Readings in the Elizabethan Lyric


April 3: What is Petrarchism? How much latitude is there within the conventions?

Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (pp. 917-26), read #1, 2, 5, 20, 31, 47, 69, & 91; Edmund Spenser, Amoretti (pp. 865-8), read #37, 54, 64, 67, 75, 79; Sir Thomas Wyatt, "They Flee From Me" (p. 529); "Farewell, Love: (p. 528); William Shakespeare, Sonnets (pp. 1038-43), read sonnets #116, 130, 138 & 147; Michael Drayton, Idea, #61 (p. 967)

Optional: Edmund Spenser, "Epithalamion" (pp. 868 ff.); William Shakespeare, Sonnets, sonnets #18 & 73; Ben Jonson, "Song: To Celia" (p. 1402); Christopher Marlowe, "The Passionate Shepherd to his Love" (p. 989); Sir Walter Ralegh, "The Shepherdess's Reply" (p. 879); Thomas Campion, "There is a Garden in her Face" (p. 1199)

Also: Mocking Petrarchism, Persuasions to Love (Carpe Diem), and the Love Elegy: Sir John Suckling, "Song (Why so pale and wan ...)," "Out upon it!" (pp. 1665, 1669); Robert Herrick, "To the Virgins" (p. 1649); "Upon the Nipples" (p. 1651); "The Vine" (p. 1645); Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress" (p. 1691); Thomas Carew, "The Rapture" (p. 1661); John Donne, Elegy #XIX (p. 1256)

April 5: John Donne and Petrarchism

John Donne, from Songs and Sonnets, (pp. 1236-54), read "The Good Morrow" (p. 1236), "The Sun Rising" (p. 1239), "The Canonization" (p. 1240), plus --on handout--"Lovers' Infiniteness" and "Song (Sweetest love I do not go)"

John Donne, from Songs and Sonnets, read "Song (Go and catch a falling star)," "The Indifferent," "The Flea," plus on handout, "The Dream," "The Curse," and "The Broken Heart"

Optional: Dr. Donne and George Herbert:

Donne's death elegy:"A Nocturall on St. Lucy's Day" (S&S, p. 1245); Donne's religious poetry: from Holy Sonnets, read #7, 10, 14 (pp. 1268 ff.); from the miscellaneous religious poems, read "Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward," (p. 1272) and "A Hymn to God the Father" (p. 1275); from the Devotions on Emergent Occasions, read Meditations #4 and #17 (pp. 1276-7)

George Herbert: "The Altar," "Redemption,""Easter Wings," "The Collar," and "Love (3)"